What has director Roland Emmerich (‘2012’) been up to lately? Recently in an interview he started talking about one of my favorite films (and series), ‘Stargate’, and had this to say:
“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”
Emmerich has always wanted ‘Stargate’ to be a trilogy. It’s been too long since the original film and with all of those pesky (according to him) non-canon TV episodes that have spawned off from it, he wants to start it fresh. OK I won’t lie. I’m a little annoyed he didn’t like the TV shows but hey, I loved the film so I’ll swallow my opinion on that to see what he’s putting together. Obviously, as they don’t have a writer quite yet, we’re still in the very early planning stages so I wouldn’t expect to see any solid details aside from a writer being named until 2016 at the earliest. Maybe even later as he does still have 2 ‘Independence Day’ films in the works.
I won’t lie. When the last ‘Stargate’ ended, I really felt my door into this universe was closed forever. I was able to get a temporarily reprieve by reading “Beyond Hades: The Prometheus Wars which had a very similar vibe to the show, but it wasn’t quite the same and I’m looking forward to this next peak into an amazingly well crafted world.
This all stems from when I was a kid. I loved reading through all of those Egyptian/Alien science fiction theories. Aliens built the pyramids. Egyptian Gods were really aliens. Etc. It was interesting. I was a science fiction reading geek. It fit. It didn’t really matter until 1994 when a little film called ‘Stargate’ came out and completely drug me down the deep hole of science fiction mixed with mythology. It was one of the best films I had seen in quite sometime. It mixed my love of Egyptian mythology and my love of science fiction in a way that tied all of those crazy conspiracies together in a neat package that actually made sense.
I didn’t think it was possible but Roland Emmerich directed a film that not only increased my love for the genre but also made it popular to audiences everywhere. The success of the film spawned 3 series. If you’re not up with what those shows were, here’s a brief review:
The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the feature film, when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets. SG-1 is an elite Air Force special operations team, one of more than two dozen teams from Earth who explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats such as the Goa’uld, Replicators, and the Ori. The series draws upon Egyptian mythology, Norse mythology, and Arthurian legend.
The first of the three TV shows to spin off from the movie was the 10 season long ‘Stargate: SG-1’ which took place a year after the events in the film (with slightly different actors taking over the roles).
The story of Stargate Atlantis follows the events of Stargate SG-1’s seventh season finale episode “Lost City” and eighth season premiere episode “New Order”, in which the cast of that series discovered an Antarctic outpost created by the alien race known as the Ancients. In the pilot episode “Rising”, Stargate Command sends an international team to investigate the outpost, where Dr. Daniel Jackson discovers the location of Atlantis, the legendary city created by the Ancients, and Colonel Jack O’Neill visits the outpost after having been put in stasis and retrieved from it.
The 5 season long ‘Stargate: Atlantis’ continued on the journey with a mainly new cast and mission (though Samantha Carter ended up joining the team part way in as a lead!)
Stargate Universe (often abbreviated as SGU) is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM’s Stargate franchise. It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration team traveling on the Ancient spaceship Destiny many billions of light years distant from the Milky Way Galaxy. They evacuated there and are now trying to figure out a way to return to Earth, while simultaneously trying to explore and to survive in their unknown area of the universe.
The final series of the franchise was ‘Stargate: Universe’ that was cancelled after 2 seasons.
Now fans are getting a whole new ‘Stargate’ trilogy. The early news is that the franchise is going to be a full on film reboot. While many fans of the series may be angry that the currently created universe won’t be continuing, it’s also to be expected. Ratings were down and it’s been off the air since 2011 without a film to properly end the series.
Now I can understand that anger. We, the fans, were originally promised a movie to wrap up the show and didn’t get one. Here’s the thing though. I took a deep breath and got over it. ‘Stargate Universe’ was good but I wasn’t so sold on it that I’m not eagerly eyeing a reboot. Also I’m eagerly eyeing a return to flying pyramids that are command ships for the Goa’uld.
So what do you think? Are you excited for the return of ‘Stargate’? Angry that it won’t take place in the TV universe? Let me know below what you think about Emmerich recreating one of his best films ever with a fresh start!